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The Poetry Kit Interviews 1999


Peter Bakowski Fred D'Aguiar Chris Emery Coral Hull Larry Jaffe Jean Kent Peter Robinson

1998 Interviews

Peter Bakowski

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Peter Bakowski's 'In the human night' (Hale & Iremonger) won the 1996 Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. Brad Evans, editor of the fledgling Red Lamp poetry journal conducted the following interview on one of Peter Bakowski's now famous East coast tours. This interview was first published in Five Bells (Dec 1997), Australian Poetry Magazine. Peter currently holds a poetry fellowship in Paris.

Fred D'Aguiar

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Fred D'Aguiar was born in London and brought up in Guyana and London. He has written poetry, fiction and for the theatre and television. His book-length narrative poem Bill of Rights was shortlisted for the 1998 T S Eliot Prize. He teaches English at the University of Miami.

Chris Emery

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Chris Emery was born in Oldham in 1963. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Blade, Oxford Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Wales and the forthcoming New Writing 8. He has recently completed two collections, Scally and Perfect Dust, and is working on a third, Doctor Mephisto. He lives near Cambridge where he works as Production Manager at Cambridge University Press.

Coral Hull

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Coral Hull was born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia in 1965. She is a full time writer and a member of Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club and The Australian Society of Authors. She is an animal rights advocate and the Director of Animal Watch Australia, an online publishers directory and resource site on animal rights and vegetarian issues. She completed a Master of Arts Degree at Deakin University in 1994 and a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree at the University of Wollongong in 1998. Her work has been published extensively in literary magazines in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Larry Jaffe

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Larry Jaffe began writing at the age of 11 when he realized the air was made of letters, which he could breathe in and breathe out words. Says Jaffe, �Life is a poem and I write it.� He is committed to returning poetry to the people and speaks strongly about the role of poetry and poets in today�s society.

Jean Kent

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Jean Kent grew up in country towns throughout Queensland, Australia. She began publishing poems while she was a student at the University of Queensland, where she also completed an Arts Degree, majoring in psychology, in 1971.
Since then she has alternated between a writing life and paid employment in a variety of jobs, including educational guidance of disabled children and counselling of students and staff in TAFE colleges. Her stories and poems have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas.
Jean has published three collections of her poetry: Verandahs, Practising Breathing and The Satin Bowerbird. Verandahs won the Anne Elder Prize and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and was short-listed for the NSW State Literary Awards.
In 1994, she was awarded a six month residency of the Literature Fund's Keesing Studio in Paris. Her more usual home is at Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, in New South Wales.

Peter Robinson

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PETER ROBINSON was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953. In the 1970s he edited the poetry magazine Perfect Bound and helped organize several Cambridge International Poetry Festivals. In the following decade he co-edited Numbers and was advisor to the 1988 Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London. After teaching for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at Cambridge, he has held posts in Japan, at present in Tohoku University, Sendai, where he is a visiting professor of English literature. He is married and has two daughters.
Peter Robinson's four books of poetry are Overdrawn Account (Many Press: 1980), This Other Life (Carcanet: 1988), Entertaining Fates (Carcanet: 1992) and Lost and Found (Carcanet: 1997). He has edited the poems of Adrian Stokes, a collection of essays on Geoffrey Hill, and an anthology, Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City (Liverpool University Press: 1996). His translations of contemporary Italian poetry include Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni (Anvil: 1990). A volume of his critical writings, In the Circumstances: about Poems and Poets, was published by Oxford University Press in 1992. He is at present co-editing with John Kerrigan The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies (Liverpool University Press: 1999).